Jeff Scott Soto // “Wide Awake (In My Dreamland)” // Album Review
Jeff Scott Soto // “Wide Awake (In My Dreamland)” // Album Review 9
Jeff Scott Soto // “Wide Awake (In My Dreamland)” // Album Review 9
Jeff Scott Soto // “Wide Awake (In My Dreamland)” // Album Review 9
Jeff Scott Soto // “Wide Awake (In My Dreamland)” // Album Review 9
Jeff Scott Soto // “Wide Awake (In My Dreamland)” // Album Review 9
9Overall Score
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7.8

Jeff Scott Soto is back with his seventh solo release that combines all facets of his storied carrier from Melodic Rock to Hard Rock and has something for everyone. Each track on this album is crafted with precision giving you the ultimate listening experience while it has departed slightly from his usual Hard Rock style it still packs a punch. Opening track “Someone To Love” is a quick-paced track that has the Eighties feel to it with Soto’s vocals and big riffs being driven along by a thumping drum beat while a fantastic solo towards the end of the track topping it off.

“Mystified” follows hot on its heels with a funky drum beat and a nice little guitar ditty to get it started, Soto does what he does best with his vocals and some smooth harmonies give you the perfect AOR track, the guitar playing of Sgattoni really come to the fore here with a great solo that has a funky bass line running over it. “Love’s Blind” starts off with a riff reminiscent of Joe Satriani but that’s where the similarities end as the band continues headlong into another Eighties throwback style track but with a modern twist as again the guitars take it to another level as Soto kills it. “Without You” is a power ballad that showcases Soto’s undoubted ability with strong, smooth vocals as the band row in behind to make it a classic. “Lessons Of Love” picks the pace back up some fancy guitar with a cool drum beat running underneath it and a rumbling bassline that ties it all together, a great track. “Paper Wings” is a rocky number with a heavy riff and flashy solos, crashing drums, thumping bass, and Soto giving his usual stellar performance, a serious contender for track of the album. “Love Will Find A Way” has a muted opening that gives way to a cool funky riff and drum beat that runs throughout the track that is massive on sound and power, both vocally and instrumentally, seriously funky and if you aren’t at least tapping your foot by the end there is something wrong with you. “Between The Lines” is another power ballad with heavy drums and crushing guitars and given Soto’s career a slight hint of Journey, another winner. “Living In A Dream” packs quite a punch with fast guitars, pounding drums, and bass, it’s a slight departure from the previous tracks as it is much heavier, a welcome addition that gives the album a nice kick. “Wide Awake (In My Dreamland)” opens with a sliding guitar and a chunky riff, with a heavy bass and drum beat you get a groovier hard rock feel to it while Soto’s powerful vocals push the track on big time. “Desperate” closes out the album with a grinding slow heavy feel.

As a bonus, there is a live album recorded in 2019 at the Frontiers Rock Festival

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“Wide Awake (In My Dreamland)” is out 6th of October Via Frontiers

Jeff Scott Soto are:

Jeff Scott Soto Vocals

Alessandro Del Vecchio Bass, Keys, Guitars and backing vocals

Fabrzio Sgattoni Guitars

Edu Cominato Drums

August Zadra Backing vocals, lead guitar on “Between The Lines”

 

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